J. R. R. Tolkien: Creator of Languages and Legends

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Take a journey with Great Life Stories and meet some of the world's most interesting people. Each title, written in a compelling narrative style, introduces the reader to the personal hopes, aspirations, and struggles as well as the professional goals, successes, and setbacks of its chosen subject. Also included is information about the history of the times in which the subjects lived, providing the necessary historical context to fully understand these important figures and their contributions. Sidebars and a timeline provide additional historical connections and insights into the subject's life.
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Gr 6-9-In a thoughtful and appreciative biography, Lynch explains how the beloved hobbit came to be created by a man whose fascination with dead languages led him to write fantasy stories, as well as to create and study language throughout his lifetime. Tolkien's fans will meet the man behind the tales: a soldier, a teacher, an Englishman, and a Catholic. And most importantly, they will meet a writer and a father. Through a combination of his close relationship with his children and his discontent with the modern world, he was able to give his readers a mythical, imaginative world of the past. In Lynch's biography, despite his otherworldliness, Tolkien comes off as being entirely human, a man who drove his car into walls, had trouble writing at times, and even made spelling errors. Supplemental information, in the way of archival photographs and sidebars, help to put the material in context. There is an affectionate tone in the writing here, and readers will be touched and inspired by this carefully crafted portrait.-Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 An Ocean Voyage 11
2 A Home in Hobbitland 17
3 Animalic, Nevbosh, and Naffarin 27
4 Tea Clubs and Poetry 37
5 From Quenya to Secret Code 47
6 In the Shadow of War 55
7 From Hospital Elves to Forest Muses 63
8 Walrus to Leeds 69
9 Oxford Again 77
10 On Hobbits and Fairy Stories 83
11 Hobbits and Beyond 93
12 Birth of a Trilogy 99
13 The Shire Lives On 107
Timeline 113
To Find Out More 115
A Note on Sources 119
Index 121
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